Coun­cil awards €10,000 for new film

Enniscorthy Guardian - - NEWS - COM­PILED BY MARIA PEP­PER

WEX­FORD County Coun­cil Arts Of­fice in as­so­ci­a­tion with Wex­ford Pro­duc­tion Com­pany ‘ Bodecii Film’ has an­nounced the win­ner of its new Wex­ford Film Fund Award for 2019. The win­ning film pro­duc­tion team com­prises film di­rec­tor Brian Ross­ney, pro­ducer Ed­wina Forkin (Zanz­ibar Pro­duc­tions) and Wex­ford writer Han­nah McNiven.

The aim of the Film Fund is to pro­vide fi­nance and sup­port to film-mak­ing teams seek­ing to de­velop am­bi­tious and cre­ative short films based in County Wex­ford.

The award is €10,000 with an ad­di­tional €1,800 in equip­ment/light­ing hire from Teach So­lais, Ire­land’s lead­ing Film/TV light­ing and gen­er­a­tor hire com­pany well as project man­age­ment sup­port from Bodecii Film.

The fo­cus of the in­au­gu­ral Film Fund Award was on writer, di­rec­tor and pro­ducer col­lab­o­ra­tions.

Ten Wex­ford-based writ­ers were se­lected to take part in a se­ries of free work­shops that took place in the Na­tional Opera House un­der the Wex­ford Screen Writ­ers De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme.

They were men­tored over the course of a year by lead­ing film in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als in­clud­ing writer Eu­gene O Brien ( Eden , Pure Mule), Showrun­ner/Writer/Pro­ducer Paul Walker (Red Rock, EastEn­ders), Writer/Di­rec­tor Ian Power (The Run­away, The Guar­an­tee, The Tat­too) and pitch­ing work­shops with David Ka­vanagh.

Ten short film screen­plays re­sulted and the writ­ers were in­vited to pitch their work in Dublin in 2018 at a net­work­ing event of Ir­ish direc­tors and pro­duc­ers or­gan­ised in part­ner­ship with The Screen Direc­tors Guild of Ire­land. The aim of this event was for the emerg­ing Wex­ford writ­ers to team up with both es­tab­lished and emerg­ing Ir­ish film Di­rec­tor and Pro­duc­ers.

Six Wex­ford writ­ers teamed up with direc­tors and pro­duc­ers and pre­sented their short film pro­posal to a se­lec­tion panel in Wex­ford County Coun­cil in Oc­to­ber.

The suc­cess­ful team won for their short film pro­posal ti­tled ‘Bog Lady’ which will be shot on lo­ca­tion in Wex­ford in 2019 .

‘We’re re­ally ex­cited to be ini­ti­at­ing this Film Award In 2019, and sup­port­ing lo­cal Wex­ford tal­ent like Han­nah McNiven as well as es­tab­lished film direc­tors and pro­duc­ers. We hope it will help nur­ture lo­cal film tal­ent, and de­velop skills and in­crease aware­ness of the stun­ning va­ri­ety of film lo­ca­tions in the county, where Sav­ing Pri­vate Ryan, Brook­lyn and the more re­cently The Lodgers were all filmed on lo­ca­tion’, said County Arts Of­fi­cer Liz Burns. ‘We look for­ward to work­ing with our key part­ner ‘Bodecii Film’ on this award over the com­ing years with the aim of sup­port­ing the de­vel­op­ment of the film sec­tor in the South East and boost­ing em­ploy­ment in this grow­ing in­dus­try’, she added.

Writer/di­rec­tor Laura Way of Bodecii Films said:’ This ini­tia­tive is an im­por­tant step to­wards the growth of county wex­ford’s indige­nous film and TV in­dus­try and I am ex­cited to see where the com­ing years of col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Wex­ford County Coun­cil Arts Of­fice will take us’.

Pic­tured at the an­nounce­ment of the Film Fund award: John Car­ley (Di­rec­tor of Ser­vices, Wex­ford County Coun­cil), Ed­wina Forkin (Zanz­ibar Films), Han­nah Niven from Ou­lart, Liz Burns (Arts Of­fi­cer, Wex­ford County Coun­cil), Brian Ross­ney (Zanz­ibar Films), Laura Way and Terry Mo­ran (Bodecii Film).

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